The second an­nu­al WO­MEN 2020 con­vened power­ful fe­male lead­ers in Wash­ing­ton for a series of con­ver­sa­tions on the evolving role of wo­men in lead­er­ship across all sec­tors. How are wo­men over­com­ing gender-re­lated chal­lenges? What im­pact do they have across the coun­try and around the world? Na­tion­al Journ­al ex­plored these crit­ic­al ques­tions at the second an­nu­al for­um. Par­ti­cipants in­cluded in­flu­en­tial wo­men thriv­ing across a range of areas, from the cor­ridors of Con­gress to Wall Street and bey­ond. 

Check Out Na­tion­al Journ­al’s event art­icle Has the Glass Ceil­ing in Polit­ics Fi­nally Shattered?” and re­l­at­ive spe­cial re­port “Wo­men of Wash­ing­ton: The 25 Most In­flu­en­tial Wo­men Un­der 35”


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Event Agenda

“Role Mod­els: Em­power­ing Wo­men & In­spir­ing Change” Key­note In­ter­view
Mod­er­at­or: An­drea Mitchell, NBC, Chief For­eign Af­fairs Cor­res­pond­ent and Host of MS­N­BC’S “An­drea Mitchell Re­ports”
Ju­dith Rod­in, Ph.D., Pres­id­ent, The Rock­e­feller Found­a­tion

“Role Mod­els: Em­power­ing Wo­men & In­spir­ing Change” Pan­el Dis­cus­sion
Mod­er­at­or: Linda Dou­glass, Seni­or Ad­visor, At­lantic Me­dia
Melody Barnes, Former Dir­ect­or, White House Coun­cil on Do­mest­ic Policy
Am­bas­sad­or Kar­en Korn­bluh, Former Per­man­ent U.S. Rep­res­ent­at­ive to the Or­gan­iz­a­tion for Eco­nom­ic Co­oper­a­tion & De­vel­op­ment
Madhu­lika Sikka, Ex­ec­ut­ive Ed­it­or, NPR News
The Hon­or­able Mar­garet Spellings, Former Sec­ret­ary, U.S. De­part­ment of Edu­ca­tion
Caryl M. Stern, Pres­id­ent & Chief Ex­ec­ut­ive Of­ficer, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Neera Tanden, Pres­id­ent, Cen­ter for Amer­ic­an Pro­gress

“Wo­men’s Health: Stay­ing Healthy While Be­ing Suc­cess­ful” Pan­el Dis­cus­sion

Mod­er­at­or: Kar­en Tu­multy, Na­tion­al Polit­ic­al Cor­res­pond­ent, The Wash­ing­ton Post
Leah Bind­er, Pres­id­ent & Chief Ex­ec­ut­ive Of­ficer, The Leapfrog Group
Car­o­lyn M. Clancy, M.D., Dir­ect­or, Agency for Health­care Re­search and Qual­ity (AHRQ)
Phyl­lis E. Green­ber­ger, M.S.W., Pres­id­ent & Chief Ex­ec­ut­ive Of­ficer, So­ci­ety for Wo­men’s Health Re­search
Ran­it Mis­hori, M.D., M.H.S., Pro­fess­or, Geor­getown Uni­versity Med­ic­al Cen­ter

 “Chal­len­ging Status Quo: Wo­men in Polit­ics” Pan­el Dis­cus­sion
Mod­er­at­or: Kristin Roberts, News Ed­it­or, Na­tion­al Journ­al

The Hon­or­able Mary Bono, Former Mem­ber of Con­gress (R-CA) and Seni­or Vice-Pres­id­ent, Fae­greBD Con­sult­ing
The Hon­or­able Tammy Duck­worth (D-IL), Mem­ber, U.S. House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives
Alex Smith, Na­tion­al Chair, Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee
The Hon­or­able Linda D. Thompson, May­or, City of Har­ris­burg, PA

 “The Fe­male Eco­nomy: The Myths and Real­it­ies of Wo­men and Busi­ness” Pan­el Dis­cus­sion

Mod­er­at­or: Nancy Cook, Eco­nom­ic and Fisc­al Policy Cor­res­pond­ent, Na­tion­al Journ­al
Ry­an Ar­gen­tieri, Pres­id­ent & Co-Founder, Lila Mae
Pa­tri­cia G. Greene Ph.D., Paul T. Bab­son Chair in En­tre­pren­eur­ship, Co-Founder, Di­ana Pro­ject; Cen­ter for Wo­men’s Busi­ness Re­search, Board Mem­ber; IC2 Fel­low, Uni­versity of Texas at Aus­tin
Mag­da­lah Ra­cine-Silva, Pres­id­ent & Chief Ex­ec­ut­ive Of­ficer, DMS In­ter­na­tion­al